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The United Auto Workers (UAW) union launched simultaneous strikes at three General Motors, Ford and Stellantis factories on Friday (15 September), reportedly beginning the most ambitious US industrial labour action in decades.

This is the first time in history that all three US automakers are contending with UAW strikes and it could cost the US economy billions.

Bernie Sanders highlights some of the main reasons – in his view – for the strike, emphasising CEO versus worker pay and the future of automotive manufacturing.

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Strikes are happening at three US plants but there is potential for it to spread further.

The UK government confirmed it will move back the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by five years to 2035. Andrew Marr provided a strong overview on the delay.

There was some criticism of the move, including from ex-UK prime minister Boris Johnson – whose administration brought in the original 2030 timeline.

While Toyota said the delay is ‘welcome’, Ford had a rather different view.

With Elon Musk prepared to announce the next location for a Tesla gigafactory by the end of this year, Turkey president Tayyip Erdogan attempted to woo the Tesla CEO. However, did Musk’s son Lil X steal the show?

Musk also rubbished a Wall Street Journal article on possible talks between Saudi Arabia and Tesla for the new gigafactory.

And finally.

Will autonomous vehicles help stop traffic jams? Austin residents don’t think so.

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